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particular types of businesses (for example, convenience stores or auto dealers), Federated emphasizes macrosegmentation. To further sharpen strategy, suggest possible ways that particular macrosegments could be broken down further into meaningful microsegments.
Different businesses have different needs. For example, jewelers have a specific need to insure high-risk goods which can be stolen and thus need casualty insurance to protect these vital assets; auto dealers may likewise need to insure their cars which may become damaged in a hailstorm or flood. In contrast, businesses dependent upon the labor of workers in high-risk occupations such as machine shops and building contractors would need to have insurance for their employee's on-the-job hazards in the form of worker's compensation, a specific kind of causality insurance. "Property casualty insurance can also be called property liability insurance. Whatever you call it, what it does is help protect you against financial losses that come as a result…
"Buying insurance." SBA. [12 Feb 2014]
"Sole proprietorships." Nolo. [12 Feb 2014]
For a product configuration system to be effective it must be able to submit orders directly into production while at the same time being able to determine what the Available-To-Promise (ATP) ship dates are (Mendelson, Parlakturk, 2008). Instead of just giving the standard four to six weeks I'd also integrate the product configuration systems to supply chain systems to ensure that accurate Available-To-Promise (ATP) dates (Gunasekaran, Ngai, 2009). I'd use this as a competitive differentiator to ensure that customers could be very well informed as to when their sofa or furniture was going to arrive. All of these systems would also be integrated to an analytics system so it would be possible to know what the status of orders and shipments were on a continual basis.
Gunasekaran, A., & Ngai, E.. (2009). Modeling and analysis of build-to-order supply chains. European Journal of Operational esearch, 195(2), 319.
Johansson, Johny K.,…
Gunasekaran, A., & Ngai, E.. (2009). Modeling and analysis of build-to-order supply chains. European Journal of Operational Research, 195(2), 319.
Johansson, Johny K., & Nonaka, Ikujiro. (1987, May). Market Research the Japanese Way. Harvard Business Review, 65(3), 16.
Kate Maddox. (2006, April). Microsoft research paves way for 'People Ready'. B to B, 91(4), 62.
Lorne McMillan & Brenda Ng. (2007). Ethnography within consumer research -- a critical case study of Consumer Film Festivals. International Journal of Market Research, 49(6), 707-714.
The age range will be between 25 and 64, and there are a lot of doctors and other professionals such as professors and lawyers in my area making this a good choice. Approximately, then between 3% and 5% of these individuals will take their dog to daycare if it is available. By adding boarding and grooming services, I can increase the number of clients available to me by 300%-600% as well as increasing my income by 200%-#400%.
There are no other dog day-care centres in the vicinity or even within neighboring localities to compete with the business
There seems to be a potential supply of clients
Training dogs: Dogyoga (innovation); cutting-hair facilities; gymnastics
Alternate products: day-care and nourishment.
Value-added products: Vet. pecial trainer. pecialist with dogs.
#40 per hour (simple day-care)
#100 per lesson -- dogyoga
#100 per lesson -- etiquette training
#100 per lesson --…
American Veterinary Medical Association, viewed January 22, 2011,
Dog.com. Viewed January 22, 2011,
As part of the research triangle, Raleigh has a significant portion of its population that fits the target market. For the Farmery to succeed, it only needs to capture a small portion of the market share. This is especially true because the store has a small footprint, and has the flexibility to set up on vacant lots without the costs of either renting or developing fixed real estate. The Farmery therefore needs to focus on two or three key elements to ensure adequate market penetration.
The first of these is location. Let it not be understated that location, location, location is critical to the success of any retail business. Because food is not normally something that people are willing to travel more than a few miles for, it is important that the Farmery target a neighborhood where there is a high concentration of individuals that fit the target market. There…
Falk, T. (2012). Detroit turns shipping containers into condos. Smart Planet. Retrieved December 4, 2012 from http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/detroit-turns-shipping-containers-into-condos/5900
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Greene, B. (2012) the Farmery. Kickstarter.com Retrieved December 4, 2012 from http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/farmery/the-farmery
Imlay, T. (2006). Challenges in today's U.S. supermarket industry. Microsoft. Retrieved December 4, 2012 from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa479076.aspx
Business Plan for a Financial Divorce Software
Business Plan Divorce Software
Business Plan relating to the Sales of a new Financial Divorce Software.
Business Plan relating to the Sales of a new Financial Divorce Software
Keys to Success
Legal Form of Ownership
Location and Facilities
Products and Service
Ps of Marketing
Financial Statements and Projections
evenue and Cost Estimate
Forecasted Profit and Loss Statement
Forecasted Balance Sheet
Financial planning is involved in every aspect of life. Individuals and businesses have to formulate their daily, monthly, and yearly budgets in order to achieve a balance between their incomes and expenditures.…
Association of Divorce Financial Planners, (2012). Divorce Financial Planning. Retrieved on July 7th, 2012, from
Blythe, J. & Megicks, P. (2010). Marketing Planning: Strategy, Environment and Context, 3rd Edition. U.K: Prentice Hall
Cadle, J., Paul, D., & Yeates, D. (2010). Business Analysis, 2nd Edition. Swindon: British Informatics Society
Francis, P. (2010). Creating the Marketing Executive of the Future Using Key Deming Principles, Journal of Executive Education, 9 (1): 127-138
The office and administrative expenses would remain constant even to that point, as would the insurance expense.
Exhibit B: Cash Flow Statement, Year Two
At this point, the business is earning a healthy return and Mr. Ahn is receiving will be able to bring in a reasonable salary. The nature of the business may well change at this point. At the maximum revenue of $144,000 per year the pretax profit would be $63,600. As a result, it is likely that a clinic will be formed with other practitioners in order to minimize expenses and increase profitability.
e did not include taxes in our cash flow examples because the company is going to be set up as a sole proprietorship. This means that the income from the company will be rolled into the income for Mr. Ahn, as well as his liabilities. Mr. Ahn's personal expenses are therefore not included in…
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No author (2008). HIV / AIDS, the U.S.-China Partnership for Public Health at Work, and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the U.S. Fact Sheet. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved December 18, 2008 at http://www.hhs.gov/news/facts/chinahiv.html
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Business Plan -- ocky Mountain Sports Fishing, LLC
Definition of the Market
ecreational fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, both for salt and freshwater. Conservative estimates show that there are upwards of 30 million individuals with more than a 1-2 time/annum interest in the sport. This has an overall impact on the economy of $125 billion (Williamson, 2012). Consumer demographics show that it is primarily a male oriented event. Mobility and technology have improved the sport in the last two decades, as well as maps, surveys, and handheld sonar and GPS devices. For this reason, as an organized sport, it is chiefly an upper middle and above income sport that also may require several thousand dollars in travel expense. There are even contests for ice and sport ice fishing in the U.S. And Canada.
Sport fishing is…
Hummel, R. (1994). Hunting and Fishing for Sport: Commerce, Controversy, Popular Culture. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University.
Kotelnikov, V. (2001, January). Customer's Perspective of Quality. Retrieved from E-Coach: http://www.100ventures.com/business_ guide / corsscuttings / bizsys_customer.html
Skorupa, J. (1991, September). Eco-Tourism Arrives. Popular Mechanics, p. 92.
Turban, E. (2002). Electronic Commerce: A Managerial Perspective. New York: Prentice Hall.
The business that I am going to start is a small coffee microroastery and shop. The company will perform two basic functions. The first is a product function, the roasting of coffee beans. Green beans will be received by the company, roasted, and then both used in the shop and made available for a variety of retail channels. The second function will be a service function, based on the production and serving of beverages and light snacks. The staffing plan will be simple. The owner/manager/roaster will perform most of the management tasks associated with the shop. There will be an assistant manager who doubles with barista duties, as well as 4-6 part-time staff members, filling 3 FTEs in the barista/service function. This plan is based on experiences at other, similar operations, in addition to meeting a few other needs. One is the need to keep costs down, and…
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Description of the Business
The business is a gourmet candy shop. The shop will sell gourmet candy that has been sourced from all over the world. The shop will operate with one storefront location, and there will be an Internet/mail order component as well.
The rationale for the business is simply. There is a growing trend towards hedonistic approaches to dining. We have seen in the past few years the rise of the bacon fetish, high end craft beer and coffee, cupcakes, the move of fine dining to the mass market and a full embrace by Americans of better quality indulgent goods. Much of this trend can be credited to the aging of the population, as people seek to maximize pleasure. They have the financial means to treat themselves, and seek to balance this hedonism with a desire to be healthy. The intersection of these ideals is where…
Bailey, E. (2013). Pros and cons of incorporation. Suite101.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013 from http://suite101.com/a/pros-and-cons-of-incorporation-a42401
FASB. (2013). International convergence of accounting standards. Financial Accounting Standards Board. Retrieved November 14, 2013 from http://www.fasb.org/jsp/FASB/Page/SectionPage&cid=1176156245663
IRS.gov. (2013). Publication 946. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved November 14, 2013 from http://www.irs.gov/publications/p946/ar02.html#en_US_2012_publink1000270861
NCA. (2013). Profile of the U.S. candy industry. National Confectioners' Association. Retrieved November 14, 2013 from http://www.candyusa.com/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1607
This allows for greater levels of planning and cooperation, and fills in the information gap that currently exists between the factory floor and the rest of the supply chain.
Lexmark provides an example of waste. Recently, the company found itself with more than $1 million in scrap from one lot. Engineers had insufficient information to isolate and fix the problem, so were instead relegated to crisis control. With more accurate data from each step of the operation, the engineers could have been more involved in the process and made improvements along the way before it became a large-scale crisis.
Through web-based business applications, engineers can now examine a defective printer cartridge and then use a thin client to put a hold on the entire batch if necessary, regardless of its physical location (anywhere in the world)
In conclusion, it is apparent that e-business is making its mark on the business…
Alexander, Michael. (2001). Factory Floors Go Online -- Pioneering manufacturers close the final gap in their supply chains. InternetWeek; Manhasset; Mar 12, 2001.
2002) Automotive Design & Production. Cincinnati, 114(8), 70-72.
Steele, a.L. (2001). Cost drivers and other management issues in the JIT supply chain environment. Production and Inventory Management Journal. Alexandria, 42(2), 61-68
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In certain situations the landed cost can also include customs duties, and other taxes that apply to the shipment in case.
Shipping and insurance -- 7.5% of the product's cost.
Packaging -- 5% of the product's cost.
Profits -- 20% of the product's cost.
Organic bread landed cost - $15+7.5%+5%+20% = $19.2
Organic fruits landed cost - $17 +7.5%+5%+20% = $21.76
Organic vegetables landed cost - $16 +7.5%+5%+20% = $20.48
Organic desserts landed cost - $32 +7.5%+5%+20% = $40.96
Organic cheese landed cost - $45 +7.5%+5%+20% = $57.6
Organic wine landed cost - $46 +7.5%+5%+20% = $58.88
The landed cost is established in accordance with the profits requirements of the company. The company must also identify the profits that distributors in Germany are interested in. This is intended to help Naturally Green develop a pricing strategy that can satisfy the company, its distributors, and its customers. It is important to…
1. Industry Statistics and Projected Growth (2012). Organic Trade Association. Retrieved November 21, 2012 from http://www.ota.com/organic/mt/business.html .
2. Germany (2012). CIA, the World Factbook. Retrieved November 22, 2012 from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gm.html .
3. Landed Cost (2012). Business Dictionary. Retrieved November 22, 2012 from http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/landed-cost.html .
Many people have become critics of the ethical standards of many industries, yet many such industries (pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, casinos, tobacco companies) remain highly successful.
Since the definition of ethics is always in the eye of the beholder, it is essential that the business frame the issue of ethics in a proprietary manner. Each firm will choose a slightly different version of ethics to which it will adhere, but that choice must reflect the ethical standards of potential investors and potential customers so as to continue to attract both groups. A business with a clearly thought-out, well-defined code of ethics is more likely to have those ethics permeate throughout the organization. If nothing else, the ethical principles will be consistent throughout the organization, such that management and other stakeholders know what to expect from their employees. That, at least, will provide insurance against the likelihood of an Enron-type situation where nobody…
Concord Business Development. (2001). Importance. Concord Business Development. Retrieved December 14, 2009 from http://www.concordbusiness.com/services/business_plans/importance.html
Cox, H. (2007). The importance of a business plan. EZine. Retrieved December 14, 2009 from http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Importance-of-a-Business-Plan&id=834882
No author. (2007). Competitive Advantage. QuickMBA. Retrieved December 14, 2009 from http://www.quickmba.com/strategy/competitive-advantage/
Business Financial Plan for Sweet Tooth Treats
Baking has always been a major part of my family life, and for generations there has been infamous cookie recipes past down from one cook to the next. Every holiday season, my cookies are notorious for being the best any gift receivers have ever had. Finally, I believe it is time to make my baking hobby and actual money making enterprise. I know I have the recipe, the potential customers, and options for both retail space and an online presence. The only thing missing is the initial push to make this hobby an actual business -- Sweet Tooth Treats.
Business Start Up Plan
The essentially product here is the various cookies, of different flavors and ingredients. I have several recipes for cookies, both permanent and seasonal variations. These products will be sold in both individual sales at a retail location,…
Colorado Small Business Association. (2012). The beginning balance sheet. Documents. Web. https://www.coloradosbdc.org/DocumentMaster.aspx?doc=4
Damrauer, Virginia Hire. (2010). One Good Cookie. National University. Web. http://www.academia.edu/346438/One_Good_Cookie_A_Business_Plan
Hub Pages. (2012). How to start your own cookie business from home. Small Business and Entrepreneurs. Web. http://kathrynvercillo.hubpages.com/hub/Start_Your_Own_Cookie_Business
Office of Financial Management. (2012). Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Accounting Principles. Web. http://www.ofm.wa.gov/policy/80.20.htm
Thus, the price will be:
(220*P)-(220*25.57) - $2,250 = 220P -- 7875.4 = $35.7, so the price for the one-hour session will be $360. Given that the expected demand is 240, the income statement will be as follows:
less variable costs
less Fixed Costs
Income Before taxes
The CMS website's search function is non-functional, so there does not appear to be any place to find out the reimbursement rate for this type of service. This is ok, because reimbursement rates will differ depending on the payer -- private insurers may have different rates anyway. The biggest issue is actually going to be with cash flow. All types of payers can be notoriously slow with their payments. It can take 60 or even 90 days sometimes to collect on billings, which will have an effect…
Business Entities, Laws, And egulations
This paper will focus on the challenges faced by one start-up businesses and an established company with labor issues. For the start-up, a birth clinic, a case needs to be made for the type of business entity they should each use. The established company is a construction company whose business entity must be identified and employment law pertaining to the scenario will be discussed. For each business, identification of the best business entity for the given situation needs to be accomplished first. The decision of the type of business entity will take into consideration control, taxation, and liability issues. eview of the laws and regulations that each ownership group must consider and identification of risks that the businesses should protect against will be discussed. eview of the construction company's business structure and how it affects control, taxation, and liability issues along with how employment law…
Cheeseman, H.R. (2010). The legal environment of business and online commerce: Business ethics, e-commerce, regulatory, and international issues. (6th ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
University of Phoenix. (2010). Course syllabus. Retrieved from University of Phoenix, BUS415 - Business Law website.
This is further based on the following assumptions:
1. The company will charge $150 per hour for each client.
2. The company expects to spend at least 80 hours a year with each client.
3. The company expect to see at least 30 clients per year, which will generate a revenue of $150 x 30 x 80 = $360,000. For the purpose of this computation, this will be regarded as the selling price.
4. The company expects its yearly fixed costs to be $526,000. This fixed cost consists of the cost of staff remuneration, utility bills and advertising.
5. The company expects its variable costs to be about $344,000 a year, comprising of the cost of equipment servicing and maintenance, legal costs, and so on.
Given the above assumption, the company's yearly break-even point can be computed as follows:
The implication of the above computation is that LNS must service…
Graham J.R., Smart S.B., & Megginson W.L. (2010): Corporate Finance -- Linking
Theory to What Companies Do. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
Hubbard R.G., O'Brien a.P. (2009): Macroeconomics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-
Business Plan Proposal:
The Ducks Poker Room
Business Plan Proposal: The Ducks Poker Room
Executive Summary/Company Description
The Ducks Poker Room will be a new for-profit gaming club primarily hosting players of versions of the card game known as "Poker." The Ducks Poker Room will also offer alternate games, including but not limited to promotions for prize pools involving tickets to college basketball and football games. Finally, The Ducks Poker Room will host patrons who are not playing poker.
Business Plan Objectives
Provide exceptional facilities, equipment, service, staff and merchandise that create a highly positive impression on our core customers;
Consistent entertainment atmosphere and product quality;
Capitalize on excellent location opportunity;
d. Launch the venue with a highly publicized grand opening event in the spring of Year 1;
e. Maintain tight control of costs, operations, and cash flow through diligent management and automated computer control;
f. Maintain food costs below…
Coyne (ISO, 2007).
Under Mr. Coyne's direction, ISO maintains a regular cycle of community relations events with charitable themes emphasizing the corporate focus of benefiting the community. ISO also provides varied opportunities for employees to incorporate their families into ISO functions as well as recreational activities designed to promote good employee relations. At ISO, periodic progress reviews and regular feedback from supervisors allows employees to maximize their career potential by rewarding performance with regular financial raises and opportunities to advance up the hierarchical ladder (ISO, 2007).
Communication, Diversity, and Business Ethics:
ISO welcomes diversity in its workforce and encourages applications from all sectors and academic institutions. ISO corporate policy and employee handbook specifically stress the importance of maintaining a culturally diverse working environment where employees of all backgrounds and cultural practices are equally welcome. While New Jersey does not require employers to offer health insurance and other benefits to non-married…
Kinicki, a., Williams, B. (2005) Management: A Practical Approach. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Insurance Services Offices, Inc. Public Homepage. (2007) Accessed, October 28, 2007, at www.iso.com.
Insurance Services Offices, Inc. (2005) Employee Handbook.
Business Transformation Strategy
GE Capital oodchester is a leading provider of motor car, equipment, and personal finance in the country of Ireland. They offer the most flexible packages for diverse financial needs and as such, have earned the position of leading the personal and capitol acquisition financial services. GE Capital oodchester also provides specialized financing and services and they focus on niches including equipment and car leasing, hire purchase and loans to businesses and individuals across Ireland. Headquartered in Dublin, GE Capital oodchester services the financial needs of its customers through its regional sales centers and extensive dealer and partner network.
GE Capital oodchester is a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Capital. ith assets of more than U.S.$425 billion, (gecapitol.ie, online) GE Capital is a global, diversified financial services company with 28 specialized businesses worldwide. GE Capital has had an enviable record of growth over the past decade delivering value…
Who We Are. (2002) GE Capitol. Accessed 6 August 2003. Website: http://gecapital.ie/GECapital/WhoWeAre.cfm
Our Expertise. (2002) GE Capitol. Accessed 6 August 2003. Website: http://gecapital.ie/GECapital/OurExpertise.cfm
Hill, C. & Jones, G. (2001) Strategic management: an integrated approach, 5th ed. Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston.
Porter, Michael. (1980) Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors New York: Simon and Schuster.
Independent dealers must sign a contract that sets forth the manner in which they will operate their rental centers. Often a small business owner will supplement their income be adding U-Hauls to their market mix. Independent contractors earn a commission on their sales.
Each division of AMERCO has it own president. All of them must report to a Board of Directors. The Chairman of the Board and overall President is Edward Shoen, descendent of the original founders of the company. Many members of the Shoen family still control much of the company (Google Finance). Little information is available about the company, aside from their financial statements. Although they have a Board of Directors, the company continues to operate as a family-style operation, with the family members occupying many positions in upper management. The company structure is simple and little is available beyond basic information.
Purchasing Contract Analysis and the UCC…
Ceh v. UHaul International, Inc., 11th district court of appeals, No. 04-10031.
A www.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/ops/200410671.pdf. Accessed January 22.
Company News; U-Haul's Parent Seeks Bankruptcy Protection." June 21, 2003. New
York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9800EFDF173BF932A15755C0A9659C8B63 . Accessed January 23, 2007.
Because the nature of economic and business phenomena is clearly statistical in nature and the need for a scientific approach is becoming more and more necessary, so statistical analysis has become an integral part of every aspect of theoretical and applied research.
The inter-dependence of economies and the development of global markets has introduced new levels and sources of competition for the businesses. Businesses face new levels of risk as the markets in which they operate become more open. Should they invest in new capacity to be able to compete more effectively? How exposed a position can they afford to take in their key markets? In short, how does a business cope with the risks inherent in the modern economy? When uncertainty is so high, the management has no choice but make the use of the statistics to justify their decisions. So statistical devices are a set of tools that…
Business Law and Christian Ethics
The terms limited liability and liability protection are often used interchangeably to describe business arrangements that limit the amount of a firm's liability, generally to the amount of assets held by the firm. In other words, those types of business arrangements protect an individual's personal assets from judgment should the person be sued in a professional capacity. One frequent example of a limited liability business arrangement is the limited liability partnership, which essentially "protects each partner from debts against the partnership arising from professional malpractice lawsuits against another partner" (Pakroo, 2013). In those instances, the liability limitation is not limited the individual assets of the partners, but also extends to property owned by the partnership.
Whether or not limited liability or liability protection aligns with a Christian worldview is a tricky moral question because it presupposes that all people who enter into those types of…
Pakroo, P. (2013). Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships. Retrieved September 24, 2013 from NOLO website: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/limited-partnerships-limited-liability-partnerships-29748.html
Scalici, S. (2007, March 30). The Christian Taxpayer. Retrieved September 24, 2013 from Crosswalk website:
Business Plan Assisted Living Facilities
Residential and Day Treatment Facility
Residay Home and Residential Care provides assisted living solutions for senior adults. Residay Home and Residential Care is dedicated to making the provision of the highest quality care to senior citizens requiring or desiring an assisted living facility. Residay Home and Residential Care is located in the Tennessee Valley Area of North Alabama and is an alternative to the generally larger and less personal senior assisted living facilities specializing in the ability to make provision of a very high level of care in a smaller and more personal environment. Residay Home and Residential Care makes provisions of assistance to seniors in their activities of daily living including assisting with medication, meals, reminders, personal grooming, physical therapy and other such assistance. Further provided by Residay Home and Residential Care are opportunities for companionship, entertainment, and activities, which seniors enjoy…
Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services (2005). Fact Sheets: Eldercare Locator.
Administration on Aging. (2004). Report to Congress. Long-term Care Ombudsmen Report, Fiscal Year 2004. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (1996). Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: Nursing Home Component. Retrieved from: http://www.ahrq.gov/data/mepsweb.htm#Nursing .
Alabama State Board of Health, Alabama Department of Public Health, Division of Licensure and Certification Administrative Code. Chapter 420-5-4 Assisted Living Facilities. Retrieved from: http://www.alabamaadministrativecode.state.al.us/docs/hlth/420-5-4.pdf
FedEx is a corporation offering worldwide delivery services to other corporations, government entities, individuals and anyone who is interested in quick, efficient and safe delivery of documents and other packages throughout the world. As such, FedEx is constantly looking to expand into additional marketplaces and geographies. Understanding the local economies and cultures of the areas of expansion are key to a successful launch and ongoing profitability when servicing the new areas.
Considering all the various factors that can ensure a profitable expansion venture is an important part of the decision process. A recent report determined that "companies have more than enough data to tell them when, where and who is buying their product" (Neeley, arnica, Lorinc, Castaldo, McCullough, Nowak, Toller, Beer, Evans, Melanson, Barmak, McCullough, Shufelt, 2013, p. 36) but that is only part of the equation. Knowing who is buying your product does not necessarily equate into…
Kohls, B.M.; (2012) Going global, Economic Development Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 3, pp. 27 -- 34
Neeley, P.; Warnica, R.; Lorinc, J.; Castaldo, J.; McCullough, M.; Nowak, P.; Toller, C.; Beer, J.; Evans, M.; Melanson, T.; Barmak, S.; McCullugh, M.; Shufelt, T.; (2013) 35 Radical ideas to kick-start Canada's economy, Canadian Business, Vol. 86, Issue 5, pp. 36 -- 62
Pofeldt, E.; (2013) Grow the right way, Money, Vol. 42, Issue 10, p. 48
In addition, we might ask ourselves if the richer nations have or not a greater responsibility as far as the research and development in the area of sustainable energy are concerned. (Reid, environmentalleader.com)
elieving that there are such energy sources or consumption policies which would allow the planet's resources to be maintained for a longer period, while making sure that all the nations are provided with a comfortable living is rather naive. Under these circumstances, it has been argued that doing the moral thing means choosing the least terrible solution. The problem is that this implies a relativistic evaluation of the matter which impacts the manner in which the moral principles are conceived.
efore stepping into a debate regarding the character of the moral principles, we may state that we agree with the opinions which state that there is no such thing as objective moral principles."Ethics can be seen as…
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (Ross, W.D. Translator). Retrieved fromhttp://socserv.mcmaster.ca/econ/ugcm/3ll3/aristotle/Ethics.pdf September 30, 2010
Hartman Laura P. & Joe DesJardins. Business Ethics Decision Making for Personal integrity & Social Responsibility, Second Edition
S corporations must be domestic in nature, issue only one kind of stock, and have less than a hundred shareholders: given that Frank only has aspirations to have a U.S.-based business, this entity type would seem ideal, although he might need some legal help to file as an S Corporation.
Professional practice: An LLC, or limited liability corporation, is the most popular type of entity structure for professional groups such as doctor's offices, accountants, and other small enterprises. As owners, Akiva and Tara would not be personally liable for the debts of the LLC, although constructing the entity is more complicated, legally, than a joint proprietorship. Given the insurance risks of running a birth clinic and the dangers of litigation, anything but an LLC would be unwise. Additionally, in some states, owners are "protected from personally liability from certain acts or misconduct of other partners, employees, agents, or their representatives"…
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Pregnancy Discrimination Act. (2010). EEOC. Retrieved March 29, 2010 at http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/fs-preg.html
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Inventory Management Strategy. In his book, Streetwise Project Management, Dobson (2003) advocates the use of a just-in-time inventory management strategy to keep inventories low and manufacturing process more productive. This approach, though, will require close coordination with a Brazilian supplier, warehousing operations, planners and forecasters, and transportation directors throughout the inventory management process. In this regard, Epps (1995) advises, that such an approach requires the efficient transportation of materials from outside vendors directly to the work-in-process area, where the required value added processes of the manufacturing operations take place, which is followed by the shipping of the finished products to the customer within a reasonable timeframe. This inventory management strategy can save manufacturers the costs of inspection, stocking, material handling, inventory tracking, carrying the inventory, and the dangers that are typically related to damage to parts and their tendency to become obsolete over time (Epps).
The just-in-time inventory management strategy…
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A company cannot refuse to hire someone with sickle cell anemia (a disease that primarily affects persons of African ancestry), because the person might require costly health insurance, for so long as the person was strong enough to perform the job, discrimination would not be acceptable as it would affect persons disproportionately of one racial category.
Explain trade secret and how it could be protected legally and in day-to-day operations. Provide an example.
According to Nolo.com, an online legal dictionary, a trade secret is:
in] most states, a formula, pattern, physical device, idea, process, compilation of information or other information that 1) provides a business with a competitive advantage, and 2) is treated in a way that can reasonably be expected to prevent the public or competitors from learning about it, absent improper acquisition or theft" ("trade secret, 2007, Nolo.com). Perhaps the most famous trade secret in business is…
Elias, Stephen. (1998)."Trade Secret Law: Overview." Nolo Press. Retrieved 8 Apr 2007 at: http://www.marketingtoday.com/legal/tradesec.htm#1
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Messiha, Dominic J. & Hillary R. Ross. (May 2006). "EEOC Revises Compliance
Manual to Target More 'Contemporary' Forms of Discrimination." ASAP: Littler Mendelson Time Sensitive Newsletter. Retrieved 8 Apr 2007 at http://www.littler.com/collateral/print/61A7D18C32514B88187D50664174D11F.html
As happened with many service businesses during a recession, Jazz Event Productions experienced a drop in revenues in 2010. For a company that has grown steadily throughout its 15-year history, it was an unwelcome first. The decrease in sales occurred primarily because companies faced with tough economic choices because of the recession either cut back or eliminated entirely their budgets for special events. hereas many of our loyal customers continued to trust us to produce their special events just as in past years, others were operating with reduced budgets. As a result, Jazz experienced a period wherein sales dropped by about five percent.
ith the improved economy, sales have returned to pre-recession levels, however, because they are cautious and careful owners who want to perform their due diligence, Alex and Cindy are looking for ways to ensure that the company stays profitable. They believe that the best approach,…
Bansal, P. & Roth, K. (2000). Why companies go green: A model of ecological responsiveness. Academy of Management Journal, 43(4), 717-736. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/1556363
Cronin, J.J., Smith, J.S., Gleim, M.R., Ramirez, E., & Martinez, J.D. (2011). Green marketing strategies: an examination of stakeholders and the opportunities they present. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 39(1), 158-174. doi: 10.1007/s11747-010-0227-0
Hartmann, P., Ibanez, V.A., & Sainz, J.F. (2005). Green branding effects on attitude: Functional vs. emotional positioning strategies. Marketing Intelligence & Planning, 23(1), 9-29. doi: 10.1108/02634500510577447
Internal Revenue Service. (2011). Qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles (IRC 30D). Retrieved November 22, 2011 from: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/article/0,,id=214841,00.html
Business Security Protection
In any business organization security of the organization is one of the most important factors. There are many different areas where security must be assessed. Some of the ways in which an organization must assess their security are: loss prevention, crime prevention, asset protection, security management, and risk management. In this paper I will discuss the importance of each of these security issues starting with the least important to the most important in the business environment.
Loss prevention is an important part of any organization. The business must protect the merchandise from theft. There are many different loss prevention plans and strategies that exist. Creating a plan for emergencies is important, plan for extreme weather conditions, unforeseen employee situations, and theft. A part of the business plan should include contacting FEMA and developing a plan for unforeseen disasters. Conducting an employee background check prior to…
McNamara, C. (2010). Basic Considerations in Risk Management. Retrieved from http://www.managementhelp.org/legal/rskmgmnt.htm
Rando, D. (2011). Asset Protection for the Business Owner. Investopedia. Retrieved from http://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/08/asset-protection-business.asp
Wikipedia (2010). Risk Management. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_management
Businesses are the cornerstone of a capitalistic society. Businesses often drive economic growth and overall societal prosperity. In many instances, business can enhance the overall quality of life of those living in civilization. Looking back briefly at history, provides a unique perspective of business as it relates to societal development. Currently, looking at a minimum wage individual living in America today, they are able to perform tasks and activities that many of the wealthiest individuals in society during 1900 could only dream of. The minimum wage individual can watch television, listen to music on a cell phone, use the internet and even control the weather within their vehicle. This has occurred primarily due to the profit incentive embedded in a capitalistic society. The same will occur with Alex, Bill, Carl, Devon, and Xavier as there farm business developments. These same principles are present for all Christians who want their business…
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Business -- Economics
Business Expectations and Community Involvement
Successful businesses bring many things to the communities in which they are located. Because they are successful and profitable they are often admired by most of the people that reside near them. The question at hand is whether these businesses should concentrate less on their maximization of profit and instead use some of their resources to give back to the communities. It would seem as though the answer to this would be a resounding "yes." Unfortunately, not all businesses are willing to do this.
Many businesses only have interest in how much profit they can make. They are not concerned about those around them, and they certainly do not give things back to the community. These businesses fail to realize some things. First of all, by using raw materials and resources from the community, potentially polluting the air of the community if…
usiness Start Up
Small Information System: Profitability of a Website usiness
In any business, the primary objective is to earn profits, and even the smallest business website has to be effective in earning money. In 2002, there was a survey on small business Internet that was conducted by the Verizon Superpages.com of Gallup and they found that as much as 55% of the small businesses on the Web covered their costs, or made money. A significant growth was recorded by 41% of the businesses. Some experts in the business now feel that having a Website is almost like having an electronic business card, and gives many people the first impression about your business. This carries forward to tell the details of appealing, information or transaction, designed for the right target audience, worthy of repeated hits, situation in updating or maintenance, speed and simplicity of loading, developing of the process of…
Gall, John. "Getting Started In Information Technology Computer Consulting" (2004) Retrieved at http://www.webpronews.com/ebusiness/professionaldevelopment/wpn-11-20040603GettingStartedInInformationTechnologyComputerConsultingConsulting.html . Accessed on 27 June, 2004
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The consequences of even a few dissatisfied customers can be enormous: "Dissatisfied customers turn to competitors; loyal customers spend more, refer new clients, and are less costly to do business with" (Arendt & Harris, 1998, p. 27). The authors point out that because it costs about five times more to gain a new customer than to keep an existing one, and since dissatisfied customers tell at least twice as many friends about bad experiences than they tell about good ones, it is clearly to the small business owner or manager's advantage to seek high levels of customer satisfaction and retention.
According to Gebhardt and Townsend (1990), although the notion that little things can add up to have an enormous positive effect has gained wide acceptance, many companies continue to remain sluggish in their response to the reality that little things can also have an immensely negative impact on a company's…
Arendt, L.A. & Harris, J.H. (1998). Stress Reduction and the Small Business: Increasing Employee and Customer Satisfaction. SAM Advanced Management Journal, 63(1), 27.
Benjamin, S. (1997). Words at work: Business writing in half the time with twice the power. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books.
Clarke, M.A. (1997). Policies and perceptions of insurance: An introduction to insurance law. Oxford: Oxford University.
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The Head Pharmacist has worked as a pharmacist in the area for a long time, including at the small pharmacy in the medical clinic near the hospital where many doctors have their offices. As such, he is well positioned to make contacts with those doctors in order to build the reputation of our pharmacy.
The financial plan will begin with the income statement. There are two main revenue streams, being retail and pharmacy. A third revenue stream within Pharmacy will be the online ordering, whereby customers can order over the eb and have their drugs ready for pick-up, or for delivery via the courier of their choice. Such revenue will be attributed to Pharmacy, and retail products will not be included in these orders.
ith respect to costs, labor costs are expected to reflect the staffing levels. hile there will be as many as 20 staff members, there…
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Business Model Canvas
Combative Fighting Systems
Martial arts school that teaches Jeet Kune Do concepts / Kali / Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Opened July 1995
Westminster Ave, Westminster, Ca. 90630 (714) [HIDDEN]
Martial art instruction for children through adults.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training, coaching. Physical fitness
More info online Google Ken Gabrielson Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu.
"Dirty Dozen," Gracie Jiu-jitsu Black Belts. Combative Fighting Systems.
Fighters trained: John "Machine" Lober
Todd Medina El Tiburon
Provide mixed martial arts training and coaching, including: Jeet Kune Do concepts / Kali / Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Provide an avenue for children and adults to develop physical fitness
"Dirty Dozen," Gracie Jiu-jitsu Black Belts, and Combative Fighting Systems
Superbly trained staff: John "Machine" Lober, Todd Medina, El Tiburon (have I got this right
Facility in Westminster, California
Chamber of Commerce, Westminster
Mixed Martial Arts Association (MMAFA)
International Mixed Martial Arts…
Osterwalder, A. And Pigneur, Y. (2010). Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers. New York, NY: Wiley.
The Business Model Canvas Nonlinearthinking.typepad.com. Retrieved http://nonlinearthinking.typepad.com/nonlinear_thinking/2008/07/the-business-model-canvas.html
Alexander Osterwalder: The Business Model Canvas. [Video.] Retreived https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FumwkBMhLo
How to create your Lean Canvas. LeanStack. Retrieved http://leanstack.com/LeanCanvas.pdf
Generational issues, while seemingly the obvious hindrance to a smooth flow of production, are, as Tulgan offers (198), "merely a reflection of the business issue at play - transition to the workplace of the future."
However, that said, the one pivotal / key sentence Tulgan offers, also on page 198, is very straight to the point, on the money, and a salient theme Charlie should launch in order to save his job, and the jobs of most people under his jurisdiction. "Charlie must get things back on track and restore harmony by getting people focused on mission instead of personality."
The 10 points Tulgan offers are all very cogent and wise; however, Charlie doesn't really have time to implement all those ideas. Gloria egalbuto, with Bath & Body Works, offers some common sense solutions, as do Diedra Wager, Pat Crull, and others. But Judy Corson hits the nail on the…
Zemke, Ron; & Raines, Claire; & Filipczak, Bob. Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in Your Workplace. New York:
The grand jury returned a 112-count indictment against Steve Warshak, company president; his mother, Harriet Warshak; general counsel Paul Kellogg; and former employees Charles Clarke Jr., Steven Pugh and Amar Chavan. A company called TCI Media, which was allegedly used to launder money, was also part of the indictment. The charges include 77 counts of money laundering, 12 counts of mail fraud and four counts of bank fraud (Berkeley president, others indicted for fraud, 2006).
After the Grand Jury indictments were handed down The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cincinnati filed a new complaint against Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals that included the freezing of various assets worth almost $2 million. The complaint alleged that Berkeley owner Steven Warshak and others participated in a complex, large scale mail and wire fraud operation. This amounted to another felony charge being added to the long list that had already been handed down. The frozen assets…
1. Berkeley Nutraceuticals files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (2008). Retrieved June 10, 2009, from Business Courier Web site:
2. Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, Inc. (2009). Retrieved June 10, 2009, from Business Courier
This report recommends Online, Inc.'s relocation from San Francisco to Dallas. There are substantial savings in the major components of operating costs including office space, labor, and overhead. Exhibit 1 contains a breakdown of the estimated annual operating costs for Dallas which totals just $3,253,373. abor and overhead will be approximately $433, 836 lower in Dallas with other savings potential coming from very inexpensive office space and lower tax rates. Also, the quality of life is very attractive to Online as a corporation and to its employees.
Data has been gathered from a variety of sources to calculate the cost of office space, replacement labor, and overhead. The findings show potential savings across all categories. First, the total cost of meeting Online's square footage requirements for sales office, manufacturing, and warehousing is only $148,000. Dallas is currently experiencing a tenant's market and offers many affordable options for renting space.…
Labor Cost Differential, San Francisco and Dallas
Average labor rates provided by Private Industry and State and Local Government, National Compensation Survey. Labor rates for San Francisco are average rates, not Online's actual costs.
Dallas Economic Development Division, Available: http://www.dallas-edd.org/QofL.htm (Accessed 2 -- 3, March 5).
S. jobs, or approx. 25% of its employees, overseas by end of 2004. The plan is to ultimately move EVERY job that supports an internal account. I also hear they are behind schedule at the moment.
Certainly, this is a very significant proportion of the computer giant's American workforce. Yet, IBM's management justifies such drastic demographic changes by appealing to the humanitarian side of the globalization debate.
It's not about one shore or another shore," an I.B.M. spokeswoman, Kendra R. Collins, said. "It's about investing around the world, including the United States, to build capability and deliver value as defined by our customers.
And to further emphasize their socially-redeeming values,
Executives at I.B.M. And many other companies argue that creating more jobs in lower cost locations overseas keeps their industries competitive, holds costs down for American consumers, helps to develop poorer nations while supporting overall employment in the United States…
About IBM." IBM.com. (No Date). URL: http://www.ibm.com/ibm/us/ .
Brotherton, Phaedra. "Meyners Pays for Performance: Changing a Compensation System Is a Sensitive Undertaking. Here's How One Firm Handled it." Journal of Accountancy 196.1 (2003): 41+.
There are a variety of techniques utilized for quality improvement, each with its own characteristic role in the completion of the procedure as a whole (Methods for Quality Improvement, 2010).
Product improvement is one of the major methods used. The proposal behind this is that the more goods that are improved, the better they will sell. As time progresses, so do significant features of customer approval. Consumers anticipate the essential alterations to be made and will keep making purchases from a particular corporation if their offers change right along with everything else. Enhancements are therefore made to goods that facilitate them to be prepared with the latest features and basics that will help them persist to sell (Methods for Quality Improvement, 2010).
Process improvement is an additional significant aspect of quality improvement. This technique covers the procedures utilized to carry out everyday business operations. This can be everything from the…
Just in time production (JIT). (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2010, from Tutor2U Web site: http://tutor2u.net/business/production/just-in-time.html
Methods for Quality Improvement. (2010). Retrieved December 4, 2010, from Aveta Business Institute Web site: http://www.sixsigmaonline.org/six-sigma-training-certification-information/methods-for-quality-improvement-2.html
Six Sigma. (2010). Retrieved December 4, 2010, from TopBits Web site: http://www.tech-faq.com/six-sigma.html
Statistical Six Sigma Definition. (2010). Retrieved December 4, 2010, from Web site: http://www.isixsigma.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=1254&Itemid=110
Offered under the same roof are "consultative, diagnostic, and treatment services" which are stated to be provided "by board-certified practitioners in the fields of pulmonary medicine, otolarngology, family medicine and more." (2006)
Smith reports that the laboratories experiencing the most dramatic growth are two which are located the "farthest from the Hillsboro flagship" as they are located in two areas that were "formerly underserved." (2006) Smith additionally reports that the demand is stronger in the areas where the two fastest growing centers are located which supplies "plenty of fuel for expansion."
Smith states that the Sleep Health & Wellness NW is attempting to "fill a gap so that patients who previously were overlooked or not being reached or who fell through the cracks no longer are," she says. "We have no plans to open centers in areas where there are already quality sleep services programs. We only want to go…
Inspiration! Sleep Study Results & Analysis (2006) Q&a with Ron Richard, senior vice president of strategic marketing initiatives at ResMed HME Business April 2006. Online at http://www.hme-business.com/articles/55305/
Johnson, Duane, PhD (2008) Are you Really Managing Your Sleep Lab? The Business of Sleep. Focus Journal May/June 2008. Online at http://www.foocus.com/pdfs/Articles/MayJune08/Duane.pdf
Kay DC, Pickworth WB, Neider GL. Morphine-like insomnia from heroin in nondependent human addicts. Br J. Clin Pharmacol. 1981;11(2):159-169
MacFarlene, James (2009) the Painful Pursuit of Sleep. Sleep Review Journal Jan/Feb 2009. Online available at http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/issues/articles/2009-01_07.asp
Moreover, FID technology has proven useful in other respects, such as ensuring the proper temperature of frozen and refrigerated goods in transit and even by facilitating the coordination of emergency supplies during disaster responses on the part of the federal government (Gordon, 2006).
In fact, the ability of FID to monitor other variables besides geographical location suggests additional valuable applications such as the incorporation into manufacturing processes. For example, (as in the case of transporting refrigerated goods), temperature can be monitored and adjusted automatically, improving the quality and safety of everything from crucial medical supplies to pop tarts.
Furthermore, potential cost savings provided by FID technology transcend the realm of production and supply chain management. Shippers can monitor compliance on the part of their truckers with speed limits and route restrictions, thereby saving additionally on the cost of insuring their employees and equipment, by virtue of the increased ability that…
Byrne, P.M. (20041). Supply chain RFID: Lessons from a leader; Logistics Management, Vol.43, No. 5, May/04 (31-2).
Byrne, P.M. (20042). RFID: Not just for Wal-Mart anymore; Logistics Management, Vol.43, No. 9, Sep/04 (31-2).
Chatur, a.A. (2006). Driving costs out of the supply chain: Inbound logistics; Infosys.
Gordon, B. (2006). Outsourcing: What's the next big trend? A wave of supply chain governance; Canadian Transportation Logistics, Nov/Dec Vol. 109, No. 11 (75).
It is only after the organization has lost its market share that it realizes the importance if employee creativity. Successful organizations have always known that to improve and increase their competitive position they need to value their employees and encourage them to be creative. This way the organization is better placed to provide its customers with the services and products they demand Epetimehin, 2011()
The importance of creativity in improving the workplace performance is not as many people believe to be a novel idea. Allowing employees to be creative in their problem solving has been shown to improve employees' problem solving abilities and increase their productivity. The question that organizations should ask is what the importance of creativity to its business is and will creativity improve its competitiveness in the market. The answer to these questions will allow the organization to see the benefits it can reap by allowing its…
De Miranda, P.C., Aranha, J.A.S., & Zardo, J. (2009). Creativity: people, environment and culture, the key elements in its understanding and interpretation. [Article]. Science & Public Policy (SPP), 36(7), 523-535.
Epetimehin, F.M. (2011). Achieving Competitive Advantage in Insurance Industry: The Impact of Marketing Innovation and Creativity. [Article]. European Journal of Social Science, 19(1), 123-127.
Junarsin, E. (2009). Creativity and Competitiveness. [Article]. Globalization (15359794), 8(1), 1-13.
"Wal-Mart: But we do give them a 10% employee discount" reveals a highly quantitative standpoint, by pointing out the facts behind Wal-Mart's management of its human resource. The editor places an increased emphasis on revealing years, amounts, facts and figures and all these are intended to provide a clear image to the reader. Additionally, they are intended to preserve the objectivity of the authors in presenting the situation at the company.
Aside from the vast integration of facts and quantitative data, the author nevertheless presents the details of Wal-Mart's numerous ethical issues. For instance, the company asks the employees to work longer hours, which are unpaid; the employees will often be given tasks to complete right before the end of the shift, and will have to complete the job during unpaid overtime.
Then, the company is also blamed for discriminating against its employees. The more relevant examples in…
Case study: Wal-Mart: But we do give them a 10% employee discount
S. (Krishna, Kelleher, Stahlberg, 2007). The second most critical ethical dilemma impacting healthcare insurance providers continues to be ratings of physicians and the assessment of their skill sets over time (Labig, 2009). As healthcare providers pay fees specifically on the performance levels of physicians their levels of performance need to be accurately and ethically assessed (Labig, 2009). The argument many patients have is that given the very high level of variation in performance of healthcare providers, often the premiums paid do not correspond to the level of service given. This is one of the arguments against nationalized healthcare as there are many who feel that provider quality will not be enforced and quality of care will suffer. The third most pressing ethical issue from a healthcare provider's standpoint is the reliance on metrics of performance, or balanced scorecards that can quantify the level of compliance over time for a given…
Susan Dorr Goold (1998). Money and trust: Relationships between patients, physicians, and health plans. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 23(4), 687-695.
Ana Smith Iltis. (2001). Organizational Ethics and Institutional Integrity. HEC Forum, 13(4), 317-328.
Rajeev Krishna, Kelly Kelleher, & Eric Stahlberg. (2007). Patient Confidentiality in the Research Use of Clinical Medical Databases. American Journal of Public Health, 97(4), 654-8
Labig, C. (2009). Bad Measures Don't Make Good Medicine: The Ethical Implications of Unreliable and Invalid Physician Performance Measures. Journal of Business Ethics, 88(2), 287-295.
At this point, it seems advisable to consider incorporating the same technology in all vehicles insured by our organization. Doing so would allow incident and loss investigators to accurately asses the precise factors responsible for losses, to confirm and verify the information provided by the insured, and to more accurately establish the basis of allocating fault based on objective data that indicates exactly what factors are responsible for losses. Moreover, the real-time capabilities of the GPS technology systems that are currently available for these types of applications would also allow the continual monitoring of driver behavior for compliance with vehicular traffic laws as well as for the purpose of confirming other pertinent information upon which policy terms and pricing are based. In the event of an incident and a covered loss, the information provided by these systems is invaluable.
Adoption of the GPS-based technology systems for use in conjunction with…
A burned wall collapses onto a crane which falls and injures Flo, a bystander.
Issue -- on what legal grounds could Flo recover damages from Dan.
Legal Issues -- Clearly, Dan was the actus reus, or specific instrument of an action in which other events flowed. It is not just Flo that can recover damages, but the gas station, the construction company and/or tenant, and the owner of the crane. While Dan did not plan the actions, he was liable for deliberate conduct regarding the events; he was reckless in that he knew (we assume he has passed a valid driver's test) that one should not leave a vehicle running and without an emergency brake.
Discussion -- Negligence is a breach of conduct or a failure to take reasonable care, intention or not. ecklessness means that the person was deliberate and aware of their actions, not necessarily the consequences. eckless…
Clarkson, K., et.al. (2006). West's Business Law: Text and Cases. Mason, OH: Thompson
Business Before Referencing
Tzu, Sun. The Art of War. Forward by James Clavell. New York: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.,
What does an ancient Chinese classic about the nature of a now-obsolete form of warfare have to teach us, in modernity, about how to manage others and navigate the current business environment? A great deal, The Art of War's presence in many business class syllabuses would suggest. Indeed, certain aspects of The Art of War by Sun Tzu seem even more relevant today than in the past. How to combine moral authority with fierceness and tenacity in an increasingly competitive environment is a challenging question faced by many organizations.
One of the first principles stressed by Sun Tzu is the need for a leader to follow a moral law, what we might call a vision statement in modern business vocabulary. It is not enough for a leader to command and reward,…
During the consumer movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Congress enacted a substantial amount of legislation to protect "the good of the people." There is only one problem with consumer protection laws -- they are slow to react and even harder to enforce. As a result of this situation, corporations are allowed to profit at the expense of consumers' health. The resistance comes in a number of stages. The first is denial of the problem, wherein the corporations argue that there is not enough evidence to link their products with the negative outcomes that are being reported. Then there is the lobbying that causes politicians to defer action until a later date, or ignore the call to action altogether. Too often, when statutes are enacted, corporations fight them to the end, resulting in flawed legislation that either has loopholes, require interpretation from the judicial branch or is difficult…
Bray, G., Nielsen, S. & Popkin, B. (2004). Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup in beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol. 79 (4) 537-543.
Goldberg, C. & Zimmerman, R. (2011). What's making us fat? Researchers put food additives on suspect list. Common Health. Retrieved April 11, 2012 from http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2011/08/food-additives-obesity
Hellmich, N. (2009). Rising obesity will cost U.S. health care $344 billion a year. USA Today. Retrieved April 11, 2012 from http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2009-11-17-future-obesity-costs_N.htm
Miller, R. & Jentz, G. (2010). Business law today: 9th edition. South-Western/Cengage Learning.
Similarly, while giving the employee involved in the altercation an opportunity to explain his side of things is a necessary formality, I would not expect this step to reveal any information that is useful or helpful to understand the situation. I would actually place much greater trust in the information disclosed by coworkers, especially those who were not directly involved in any specific incidents but who work closely enough with the individuals involved to shed a more objective light on what happened and what factors or behaviors they have observed that contributed to the problem. In that investigation, I would stress that their input would remain confidential to ensure their cooperation without fear of reprisal from the individual at issue.
Response to Aneka
With respect to the lateness issue, I would be much more interested in the information from the interview with the manager about how clearly he has explained…
Business and Employment Law
Business Law and Labor & Employment Law
Employees are classified in different categories. Federal and state law does not explicitly define the categories, but employers generally categorize employees on the basis of duties performed, number of hours worked, and duration of job. Accordingly, employees fall in three main groups: permanent (full-time), part time, and temporary employees (PayScale, 2009). A permanent employee is an employee who works a typical work week for an indefinite duration, while a part-time employee works fewer hours than the typical work week. Temporary employees may work full-time or part-time, though for a definite period of time. Though federal law does not define the above categories, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) classifies employees as either non-exempt or exempt employees (Society for Human esource Management [SHM], 2014). The former denotes employees whose work is covered by FLSA and who are subject to overtime…
Bennett, H. (2014). Principles of the law of agency. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing.
Busch, D., Macgregor, L., & Watts, P. (2016). Agency law in commercial practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Catherine's Hospital and it is the desire of the human resource department to help you in any way possible. This is not a situation that is a happy one for anyone involved.
I have investigated what can be done, and unfortunately, there is not a lot that we can do to get the insurance company to pay the bill. The operation took place in an out-of-network hospital, and the HMO plan which you chose when joining our company does not cover out-of-network procedures. The plan does offer two alternatives, unfortunately you chose neither one.
There are, however, a number of different options that are available to you at this point. One of the options is to explain to the hospital what happened, and see if there is a possibility of setting up some type of payment plan. We have worked with this hospital's financial department and they are very cooperative…
Maybe for some things are well enough, but for most Americans they are far from it. Most Americans spend their days worrying about being just one layoff away from joining the 50 million other men, women and children in the ranks of the uninsured. The average household income in this country is just about $50,000. This means that most people are not in a position to pay a fourth of their family's annual income, before taxes, just to cover health insurance premiums. More and more people face paying thousands more of our hard earned dollars in out-of-pocket expenses before the coverage we pay so dearly for actually kicks in (ichard, 2009).
In the past many Americans who have been enrolled in employer-sponsored health insurance plans have been able to rely on their employers to pay the biggest share of the premiums, but the truth is that fewer and fewer Americans…
Benefits of Health Reform. (n.d.). Retrieved February 19, 2010,from Organizing for America
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Business of Health Care
This study highlights essential facts about health care and health in the local, national, and international health care delivery. Healthcare in the U.S. stands at crossroads between opportunities and challenges. Both the local, national, and international health systems face common problems in the delivery of efficient, high quality and equal health services. All these are concurrently happening in times when the amount of care delivered exceeds the resource base. In the U.S., the demand for healthcare, just as in any industrialized country, is rising because of rising public expectation and the ageing population. The combination of technological developments and demographic changes increases the provision costs (Garman, oyer & Johnson, 2011).
Consequently, local, national, and international health care delivery systems are facing same issues of service rationing to cut costs due to a decreasing tax base for paying a rising demand and an increasing demand. Similarly, maintaining…
Garman, A.N., Royer, T.C., & Johnson, T.J. (2011). The future of healthcare: Global trends worth watching. Chicago, Ill: Health Administration Press.
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Kolker, A. (2011). Management engineering for effective healthcare delivery: Principles and application. Hershey: Medical Information Science Reference.
In the context of the sleep/rest support systems the integration of patient monitoring systems is a major market opportunity. A second key technological development is the adoption of lean manufacturing techniques in this industry. The use of Kanban manufacturing, demand-driven manufacturing, and distributed order management and supply chain optimization systems are all fueling the level of innovation occurring in this market. In addition to all these factors, the medical products industry is experimenting with Six Sigma manufacturing practices with offshore manufacturing partners to further reduce costs. These cost reductions are significantly impacting the industry's ability to invest even more into R&D and speed up the product lifecycles that set the pace of the entire global medical products industry. A third factor of technological innovation is the investment manufacturers are making in virtual instrumentation and its use to create combined monitoring and preventative assessment analysis. For medical products manufacturers of sleep/rest…
Whether it is an accredited course or in house training seminars. Therefore, it is very beneficial, especially in today's competitive business world.
Co Worker One: I personally don't feel it is beneficial to me. My field is not related with any financial fields so the Credit Union will not pay to further my education.
Co Worker Two: The course of work for which I would like to attend is neither an approved college level course, nor towards any degree program. Therefore, the Credit
Union will not pay, so no, it is not beneficial to me.
Mary: How do you impact the Human Resources Policy?
Khema Kent, Operational Manager: As far as HR concerns, we have no impact since there is no suggestion box available.
Co Worker One: I don't feel I do.
Co Worker Two: I would like to try to persuade our HR Department to set up a suggestion…
Society for Human Resource Management
Washington Telephone Federal Credit Union Employee Handbook
esearchers have an occasion to further organizational science and to make research practical by producing information that can impact changing organizational forms and circumstances. Pragmatically, academic researchers are not likely to get access to a company that is going through change unless the practitioners believe the research will be helpful (Gibson & Mohrman, 2001).
There have been a number of calls to augment the significance and effectiveness of organizational science to companies. The usefulness challenge cannot be defined merely as getting practitioners to value and include what academics learn. It is believed that the usefulness of research depends, somewhat, on the degree to which the perspectives of organization members are incorporated in research procedures and the results are included into those members' organization design activities that take place as their company adjusts to its changing environment. esearch is more likely to be seen as useful if there are occasions for…
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (U.S.), National Academy of Sciences
(U.S.), National Academy of Engineering & Institute of Medicine (U.S.). (2009). On
being a scientist: A guide to responsible conduct in research, (3rd ed.). Washington,
D.C.: National Academies Press. Retrieved from:
Business - Management
Internal Analysis and SWOT Analysis
Southwest has been a major inspiration to other low-cost carriers, and its business model has been used many times worldwide. The competitive strategy that they use joins high levels of employee and aircraft productivity with low unit expenses by reducing aircraft turnaround time predominantly at the gate (Bamber, Gittell, Kochan, & von Nordenflytch, 2009). When doing an internal analysis and SWOT Analysis it is important to look at a company's tangible and intangible resources.
Southwest Airlines has tangible resources of financial resources, physical resources and human resources. In 2099, Southwest Airlines had revenues over ten million dollars. They are the largest airline in the world by boarded amount of originating passengers boarded. They are the third-largest passenger fleet of aircraft amid all of the world's commercial airlines. They have carried more passengers than any other U.S. airline since August 2006 for shared…
Bamber, G.J., Gittell, J.H., Kochan, T.A. & von Nordenflytch, A. (2009). Up in the Air: How
Airlines Can Improve Performance by Engaging their Employees. Retreived from http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf-ti_id=5284 .
Beyman, Michael J. (2011). What Kind of Planes Does Southwest Airlines Fly? Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/facts_5407644_kind-planes-southwest-airlines-fly_.html
Fact Sheet. (2010). Retreived from http://www.southwest.com/html/sites/lowfaresfarther/SpreadingLowFares_FactSheet_20
Within this leadership framework, leaders motivate employees by directly promoting and modeling the desired personal commitment to the organization in a manner that often transcends the boundaries of the vocational environment. Instead of viewing their employment as merely an occupation or a quid pro quo arrangement, employees within a transformational organizational culture incorporate elements of their employing organization into their personal psychological orientation. In that regard, the mission, goals, and values of the organization become part of the employee's persona in a manner that often generates much higher levels of personal commitment than purely transactional leadership schemes.
Typically, transformational leadership relies on social rituals that encourage the melding of personal identity and organizational values and objectives. For this reason, transformational leadership style is most suitable for sales staff, because the clarity of organizational goals of increasing revenue are directly related to the specific efforts of employees (ass, 1997; ass &…
Bass, B. (1990). "From Transactional to Transformational Leadership: Learning to Share the Vision" Organizational Dynamics, (Winter, 1990).
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Bass, B. And Steidlmeier, P. (1999). "Ethics, Character, and Authentic Transformational Leadership Behavior." Leadership Quarterly, 10.